I could have tried to come up with a more interesting post than last year, but it was easier to just cut/paste the words! So… I have done the tally and come up with the winners. In years past I have dragged this out for a few days, but as the suspense in probably killing you I will cut to the chase and get it done now. Plus, I actually do have some work to do…
Polka Dot Jersey
So the first points tally will be from the Polka Dot jersey. Points awarded for the top 15 in that category. Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 so you can see the drama unfolding.
|Top 10 Ranked scores after stage PD|
|Bottom 10 Ranked scores after stage PD|
|247||250||↑3||Cat Six 3||336|
|251||251||—||Beyond Blue 1||293|
|255||256||↑1||Dai the Kilt||256|
This year it is not as close as Heartthrobs01 has dominated from week 1. A few other notable players being Superfish, my pick for the win, and Mrs Spunker, who gets a mention in the hope I will ever get a dinner invite again after stitching her up in week 3! So no change in the top 3, but Coast2Coast makes a surge into the top 10. Big mover was Cloggie Dockers up 99 places to 69th. Might be a bit late for him, but a good run from the Cloggies winning the final stage into Paris and coming 1st loser in MasterChef last night. No change in the bottom 6 apart from Snicko 5 replacing Dai the Kilt at the bottom. Snicko is the owner of the Hearththrobs teams, can he bookend this years competition?
Next points added were the green jersey points. No change in the position of the top 2 but with Superfish having Matthews and Heartthrobs01 having the useless Bouhanni, the gap has closed to just 5 points. These 2 look like our winners with the gap to 3rd spot and JCB growing to over 300 points. Mrs Spunker starts her fall from grace, while Coast2Coasts surge is thwarted and he drops back out of contention. Big mover is SaveTheChildren4 up 69 places into the top 70. Too much too late. No change in the bottom 4 with Snicko looking good over Dai the Kilt for the lantern rouge with only the yellow jersey points to go.
|Top 10 Ranked scores after stage G|
|10||22||↑12||Chuck Charity 17||1341|
|Bottom Ranked scores after stage G|
|252||251||↓1||Beyond Blue 1||293|
|255||255||—||Dai the Kilt||272|
Finally onto the Yellow jersey points. There are points for the top 20 in this classification, so this is often where the movers and shakers come to the front. Hearththrobs01 holds on to 1st place from Superfish, a previous winner, but only just, with a slim victory of 17 points after 3 hard weeks. JCB hangs on for 3rd spot. Insignificant biggest mover was MacCardi Saison up 101 places to sneak into 55th! The coveted Lantern Rouge this year goes to Snick 5 who held off a late charge from Ripley 2 to book-end the competition, winning money at both ends. Dai the Kilt faded badely, gaining points to take him out of the prize money.
|Top 10 Ranked scores after stage Y|
|Bottom 10 Ranked scores after stage Y|
The team prize is awarded, just like in the tour, for the lowest time of the best 3 riders in your final team against the team of everyone else. This years team prize goes to Charity Fish, the Charity team of Superfish. From being nowhere at the end of the final stage it has been a profitable final reckoning for Superfish. It is funny that the best place team that had the overall winner, Froome, in their team was only 30th.
|CharityFish||259:24:41||(Uran, Yates, Caruso)|
|Coast2Coast||259:39:08||(Bardet, Barguil, Vuillermoz)|
|Gags05||259:46:47||(Landa, Meintjes, Buchmann)|
|Mrs Green Machine||260:58:01||(Martin, Mollema, Hardy)|
|Mat le Chat||261:00:07||(Bardet, Pauwels, Navarro)|
So onto the prizes. There were a couple of random position prizes as well. So the full list of prize winners were:
|2nd Last||$50.00||Ripley 2|
|Leader on Rest day 1||$30.00||Heartthrobs01|
|2nd place on Rest day 1||$20.00||Mrs Spunker|
|3rd place on Rest day 1||$10.00||Heartthrobs04|
|Leader on Rest day 2||$30.00||Heartthrobs04|
|2nd place on Rest day 2||$20.00||Mrs Spunker|
|3rd place on Rest day 2||$10.00||Heartthrobs01|
|Bastille Day 1st points||$30.00||Mrs Trab|
|Bastille Day 2nd points||$20.00||Angry Ted|
|Bastille Day 3rd points||$10.00||Stockcarracer Yello|
|Winner Team Time Trial||$0.00||No TTT this year|
|Team Prize||$60.00||Charity Fish|
Please let me know what your would like me to do with the winnings, donate all or some to charity, give me your bank details so I can transfer, or whatever. So that’s it for another year, time for a rest…